Chicago Announcements 04.21.21

  • The Berwyn and Lawrence CTA Red Line stations will close for the next stage of the Red Purple Modernization Project starting May 16. In his weekly newsletter, Ald. Harry Osterman (48) told ward residents “our community has been bracing for this project for years” as “crews will begin working between Ardmore and Hollywood. The CTA will host a series of Zoom meetings for community members divided by station to keep the public informed about the process.
  • The Chicago Department of Public Health moved North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Puerto Rico to the more restrictive orange tier of the city’s Emergency Travel Order as COVID-19 cases in those states spike. Currently, 23 states are in the less restrictive yellow tier,” meaning travelers from those states are not required to quarantine or take a pre-arrival COVID test when coming to Chicago. The more restrictive orange tier, which now includes 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., requires that people traveling to Chicago from those locations either be fully vaccinated, quarantine for 10 days or test negative for COVID-19 “no earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Chicago,” according to health department guidance . Additionally, people traveling to Chicago from an orange tier state can use airport testing upon arrival, but they must still quarantine until they receive a negative test result. 
  • Andy Kang announced Tuesday in an email newsletter he will be leaving his role as the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago at the end of June. Kang wrote that his wife "received an amazing career opportunity" on the East Coast and he will start a new job as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition. Kang has worked with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago for nearly a decade, he wrote, and he has "been privileged and blessed to learn from and advocate alongside some of the finest community organizers and grassroots leaders in the country." 

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